2012 Italy in November

1-11 November 2012
Destinations: 
Rome, Florence, Venice
Thursday 1 November

Fly overnight to Rome

Friday 2 November

Arrive at Fiuimicino, Rome's Leonardo da Vinci Airport
Visits include the ancient Roman Forums, Temple of the Vestal Virgins, arches of Titus, Septimus Severus, Constantine and the Colosseum

Hotel Augusta Lucilla Palace
Rome

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Saturday 3 November

7:00-10:00 Breakfast in hotel
Visit the Vatican City, an independent country, containing the Vatican Museums
See Michelangelo's work in the Sistine Chapel and in St. Peter's Basilica
Hotel Augusta Lucilla Palace
Rome

Sunday 4 November

7:00-10:00 Breakfast in hotel
Visits include St. John Lateran and the Holy Stairs and a look at the 12th C church of St. Clement
Hotel Augusta Lucilla Palace
Rome

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Monday 5 November

7:00-10:00 Breakfast in hotel
Morning walk includes:
Campo de Fiori - bustling marketplace, Piazza Navona - famous fountains, street performers, artists, the Pantheon - 2000 year old domed temple, still standing, still in use, still inspiring, and the Trevi Fountain
Hotel Augusta Lucilla Palace
Rome

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Tuesday 6 November

7:00-10:00 Breakfast in hotel
10:20 departure on Eurostar AV train #9416 at Rome's Termini Station for Florence~Birthplace of the Renaissance
11:52 Arrival in Florence's Santa Maria Novella Station
3:00P Our Orientation Walk in Florence winds along traffic free pedestrian streets. We will visit Michelangelo's David at the Academia Museum and connect Florence's sacred center-the Duomo, Baptistry, and Campanile-with the Piazza della Signoria, the secular center
Florence's "Favorite Sons" greet us as we pass along side the Uffizi Gallery to the Ponte Vecchio
4:30 Reserved entry to Accademia - Confermation # 257226
Hotel Axial
Florence

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Wednesday 7 November

7:30-10:00 Breakfast in hotel
Opportunity to enjoy Florence's shopping spectrum - from street markets to Italy's best.
Optional visit to the Renaissance's greatest paintings at the Uffizi Gallery
Hotel Axial
Florence

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Thursday 8 November

7:30-10:00Breakfast in hotel
10:25 departure on Eurostar #9410 to Venice from Florence's Santa Maria Novella Station
12:33 arrival in Venice's Santa Lucia station
Our introductory walk wanders through connecting squares to Venice's grand square, the Piazza San Marco. There you will find the Basilica San Marco, Doge's Palace, Campanile, Clock Tower and historically elegant coffee houses.

As energy permits, we will continue through the narrow lanes of the Mercerie shopping area to the Rialto Bridge and enjoy a vaporetto ride back on the Grand Canal
Hotel Canaletto
Venice

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Friday 9 November

8:00-10:00 Breakfast in hotel
Opportunity to follow your own interests in Venice which could include a visit to the Doge's Palace, Accademia Museum, Ca' Rezzonico Mansion or meandering through Venice's delightful streets>
Hotel Canaletto
Venice

Saturday 10 November

8:00-10:00 Breakfast in hotel
Marvel at the 11C gold mosaics, precious marbles and treasures in the Byzantine Basilica San Marco

A vaporetto ride across the basin brings us to the Palladian church of San Giorgio Maggiore and Tintoretto's Last Supper
Included group meal
Hotel Canaletto
Venice

Banana Purchase

Sunday 11 November

8:00-10:00 Breakfast in hotel
Depart for Venice's waterside Marco Polo Airport for flight home

ITINERARY CHANGES: All transportation. lodging, and sightseeing arrangements and schedules are subject to variance and substitution due to circumstances beyond our control.

The hotels we plan to use are:

Rome

Hotel Augusta Lucilla Palace
Via Massimo d'Azeglio, 2
00184 Roma (RM), Italy
Tel. +39 06 474 1409
www.augustalucillapalace.com

Florence

Hotel Axial
11 Calzaiuoli
Florence, Italy
Tel. +39 055 2678148
www.hotelaxial.it

Venice

Canaletto Hotel
Castello, 5487
30122 Venice, Italy
+39 041 522 0518
www.http://www.hotelcanaletto.com